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Scope

I want to take a moment, since there are so many new people finding out about Restored Voice Project, to talk about this project’s scope and mission.

Restored Voice Project seeks to empower these women, who have been silenced by the Chinese authorities (and whose kindred and kin are still being silenced), by giving them a chance to finally share their perspectives.  What’s happening in Tibet is happening to Tibetans, and yet the story we hear is moderated by the Han Chinese.   It’s a Tibetan story told by non-Tibetans, in our mainstream media.

Often, in reading the nuns’ TNP bios, I encountered a familiar sentiment at the end of their abbreviated life story:

“The West needs to remember what is going on in Tibet…”

“I want to learn English so that I can tell the world about Tibet…”

“I am going to be a teacher, so that I can go back to Tibet and teach in my village, where there was no school… I will keep fighting peacefully for Tibet to be free….”

“I am going to learn English because the world cannot forget about what is happening in Tibet…”(*)

Now, decades since the Chinese invaded, we still haven’t heard from these women, and most of us don’t even know they exist.  Why not?

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Two More Young Tibetans Self-Immolated Yesterday

…Emphasis on “young.”  Both of them were under twenty.

This I read on the International Tibet Network‘s Facebook page:

“Lobsang Kalsang, 18, a monk at Kirti Monastery and Damchoe, 17, a former monk at the monastery self-immolated on 27 August 2012 outside Kirti monastery, Ngaba Town. According to eye witnesses, they took about 20 steps near the east gate of the monastery, shouting slogans and then fell. Chinese security personnel put out the flames and took them to local hospital initially and later to Barkham hospital. Sources said that they both died.”

Since news and media is heavily monitored by Chinese officials, there is still some uncertainty whether these two young people did indeed pass.  There is also a case a monk and his niece, a nun, who may or may not have immolated.  It seems most Tibetans believe they did indeed self-immolate in protest.

Here is a list of the Tibetans who have recently risked, or lost, their lives for Tibet in this fiery form of protest: http://standupfortibet.org/learn-more/

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